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Monday, May 29th, 2017

The Macquarie University audiology and speech pathology student experience

Audiology is a growing discipline in health sciences that deals with the study, diagnosis and rehabilitation of the auditory system of the human body. There are very few Canadian universities that offer a Master of Audiology, and only three audiology schools are taught solely as an English-language program. Consequently, competitive admissions arising from so few spots have made Australian schools an attractive option for Canadians who wish to learn the requisite clinical skills to practice audiology.

Macquarie University audiology and speech pathology student experience

Macquarie speech and hearing student Chi Yhun Li gained practical experience while working on a research project with the National Acoustic Laboratories. (Image credit: Macquarie University)

Similarly, there are few speech pathology programs offered by Canadian universities, and since admission into these programs are increasingly competitive, graduate-entry speech pathology programs in Australia are a top choice for Canadians seeking to gain qualifications as a speech pathologist.

If you’re passionate about studying audiology or speech pathology, you may wish to consider studying at Macquarie University in New South Wales, Australia. Macquarie is home to the Australian Hearing Hub, a global leader in speech, hearing and language research. The Australian Hearing Hub leverages the university’s extensive international expertise in language sciences and cognitive sciences research, and in clinical research and professional training teams in audiology and speech language pathology.

Macquarie University Audiology and Speech Pathology Student Experience

Speech pathology and audiology students from Macquarie University can gain practical experience working on research projects within the National Acoustic Laboratories. Macquarie’s Professional and Community Engagement (PACE) units take students out of the lecture theatre and place them in the heart of their chosen degrees.

Canadian’s top pick for speech pathology

“Through my research, I found that Macquarie’s program is more established than other Australian universities,” says Master of Speech Pathology student Win Sum Cheung. “It also offers a wider variety of clinical placements, so I can get work experience in pediatric or a hospital or a school, depending on my interests.”

“Being a qualified by the Speech Pathology Association of Australia means I’ll have work opportunities in English-speaking countries like Canada and the US.”

Supportive lecturers

“The lecturers and tutors I’ve met so far at Macquarie University are more than just teachers. They’re more like friends,says Bachelor of Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences student Moalosi Mapetla from Botswana, who is keen to pursue a Masters in Audiology after his bachelor degree.

“The interaction we have with our lecturers and tutors is amazing. They encourage us to ask questions, which makes the learning environment really interactive. They have been so supportive and it’s obvious they are passionate about seeing students excel in their studies, as well as in their social well-being.”

A strong focus on clinical work

“I particularly appreciated meeting students from varied professional backgrounds and cultures, the high calibre of the teaching staff, the time allotted for each student for individual concerns and the problem-based approach to learning.”

“My clinical placements reflected either the coursework I was taking at the time or had already completed. These experiences were varied and included working with adults and children with various communication and swallowing needs,” says Canadian Madhu who studied the Master of Speech and Language Pathology.

Rural placement experience

“A large part of why I chose this program over other programs in Australia is the strong clinical component,” says Megan, a Master of Speech and Language Pathology student. “As an international student who wanted to study in Australia and also see and learn about its unique culture I chose to undertake a rural placement. This placement was a particular highlight of my experiences in Australia so far.”

Audiology at Macquarie University

Program: Master of Clinical Audiology
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: October 30 each year; however, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Speech Pathology at Macquarie University

Program: Master of Speech and Language Pathology
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: October 30 each year; however, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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Think you might be interested in studying audiology or speech pathology at Macquarie? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh: krista@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Australian rehabilitation sciences degrees: are you eligible to apply?

If you’re considering applying to a rehabilitation sciences degree at an Australian university, you know there can be a few items on your “how to apply” checklist that need attention. This is where OzTREKK comes in.

OzTREKK Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh specializes in programs like physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, chiropractic science and audiology, and she knows the ins and outs of the specific assessment criteria required by each university. Here are some of Krista’s tips about getting yourself prepared when you’re ready to apply!

How do I know if I am eligible to apply?

If you are considering starting an application for one of our programs in rehabilitation sciences, first you will need to find out if you are eligible.

Australian rehabilitation sciences degrees: are you eligible to apply?

Find out how you can study physiotherapy (Photo: University of Melbourne)

In order to determine this, you will need to find out two main things:

  • Have you taken the necessary courses to meet the program prerequisites?
  • Is your cumulative GPA (cGPA) competitive?

If you are unsure of this, I can generally let you know after taking a quick glance at your transcript.

Proving that you know your stuff

Please keep in mind that our universities will typically first screen based only on whether or not you have taken the courses to meet their prerequisites. Some schools have a form to fill out to highlight what you have taken for the admissions team, and most schools require you to send detailed course outlines for each subject.

If your application does not include a biomechanics course outline (as an example), they will not know that you’ve taken it. Furthermore, if they feel that your course outlines don’t meet their standard (i.e., they lack detail), your application’s assessment will stop and you will receive an unsuccessful outcome.

Admissions will not go into your transcripts for a GPA calculation until they have determined you’ve covered the material they require.

Which transcript are they looking at?

In order to calculate your cGPA, our universities will only be looking at the transcript from your most recently completed degree. If you have taken courses that are not part of that degree, they will not be calculated in that assessment; however, in order to see a full picture of your academic background, you are required to mail us all transcripts from any previous university or college studies.

Krista’s tips for a competitive application

Apply Early – Ideally,  you will need to have all of your documents sent to me no later than a week before the deadline. The more time I have to review your documents, the more time there is for feedback. There have been a number of students who have submitted their documents on deadline day who were unsuccessful because there were problems with their documents. Keep in mind that I receive a flood of emails and documents right before the deadline and that makes it difficult for me to review everything for you properly.

Include Course Outlines (Syllabi) as soon as possible – if the program that you apply to requires you to submit course outlines. This is in fact a requirement, and not a request.

  • Please ensure that your course outlines are detailed with information about what was taught in the course. This will often appear in a lecture schedule or list of topics.
  • Textbook, faculty information, and course dates are also important! Please take a look through your course outlines to ensure that they contain relevant detail before sending them to me.
  • If you don’t have your course outlines on hand, please contact the faculty under which you took the courses to request them.
  • Ensure that your course outlines are within 2 years of when you took the course. (For example, if you took a course in 2012, the outline must come from 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 or 2014. Please do not send me one from 2009 or 2015 as those are outside of the 2 years.)
  • When possible, please email the course outlines. Hard copies can delay the processing of your application.

Find out more about studying rehabilitation sciences at an Australian university

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Do you have questions about choosing the right rehabilitation sciences degree for you? Please contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com for more information about your study options!

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Don’t miss the OzTREKK Rehabilitation Sciences Information Sessions

Australia is world-renowned for its leading-edge rehabilitation sciences research and practice, and Canadians enjoy learning from Australian academics who are world leaders in their fields.

If you’re curious about studying rehab sciences in Australia, don’t miss the upcoming OzTREKK Rehabilitation Sciences Information Sessions. Enjoy refreshments and the opportunity to speak with Australian uni representatives and alumni to learn more about how you can study in Australia and practice in Canada!

OzTREKK Rehabilitation Sciences Information Sessions

Don't miss the OzTREKK Rehabilitation Sciences Information Sessions

Join us! Don’t forget to RSVP

Simon Fraser University
Date: January 31, 2017
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Blusson Hall, Room 9655

Western University
Date: February 9, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: UCC, Room 210

Don’t forget to RSVP for the OzTREKK Rehabilitation Sciences Information Sessions.

What about admissions?

This is where OzTREKK comes in. OzTREKK’s Australian Rehab Sciences Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh will outline each program and its prerequisites. Discover more about your program entry requirements, practicals, and about how you can take your degree home to practice in Canada. Krista can answer your questions!

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Are you curious about studying rehabilitation sciences in Australia? Not sure where to start? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com for more information!

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Are you considering a career in speech pathology?

What is a speech pathologist?

Speech pathologists coordinate the management of clients, work as part of a multidisciplinary team, consult with other agencies, provide workshops and support family members and other caregivers. A speech pathologist is an important member of an early intervention team, an aged care services team and a school therapy team.

Australian speech pathology schools in Australia

Learn more about studying speech pathology

The role of speech pathologists is to advocate strongly for appropriate care and services for people with communication disabilities.

Speech pathologists work with children and adults with communication difficulties caused by congenital or developmental problems, illness, and emotional or physical trauma. These difficulties include multiple problems with speaking, understanding what people say, reading, writing, voice problems and stuttering. Speech pathologists also work with children and adults who have swallowing difficulties or need alternative, non-verbal ways to communicate. They work in hospitals, schools, health centres, special schools, universities and sometimes with professionals in the workplace.

Where do speech pathologists work?

Speech pathologists usually work in hospitals, community health centres, nursing homes, schools, rehabilitation services, special schools and classes (such as for children with hearing impairment or developmental delay), in rehabilitation centres and in private practice.

Where can I see a speech pathologist at work?

Some private speech pathologists will accept brief visits by prior arrangement from people interested in finding out more about what speech pathologists do. They will show you the clinic and talk to you about their job. Telephone a clinic near you to see if this is possible.

Most large hospitals employ speech pathologists and so do many community and area health centres. They may let you observe for an hour or two.

Australian universities offer undergraduate and graduate-entry professional certification programs in speech pathology, as well as a wide range of postgraduate options in specialized areas. Speech pathology programs in Australia aim to equip students with the theoretical knowledge, skills and professional attributes necessary for a career in speech pathology. Graduate qualifications in speech pathology from Australian Speech Pathology Schools are recognized internationally, and graduates are eligible to apply for certification in Canada.

The following OzTREKK Australian universities offer graduate-entry speech pathology programs, which allow graduates to apply to become certified as speech pathologists:

It is recommended that Canadian students understand the certification requirements and procedures of their Canadian provincial licensing body prior to applying or accepting an offer of admission to a speech pathology degree.

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For more information about speech pathology program entry requirements, application deadlines, tuition fees, and more, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Speech Pathology Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Macquarie Canadian’s top pick for speech pathology

Born in Canada, raised in Hong Kong and with an undergraduate linguistics degree from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Win Sum Cheung knew she wanted to pursue a professional speech pathology career in Hong Kong, but wanted the option of working in an English speaking country as well.

Macquarie University Speech Pathology School

Win Sum Cheung (Photo credit: Macquarie University)

With limited postgraduate options in Hong Kong and Canada, Win Sum began looking at speech pathology programs in Australia, attracted to its close proximity to friends and family in Hong Kong.

“I applied to a few Australian universities and got offers for Macquarie, University of Melbourne and University of Sydney,” she says. “I chose Macquarie University partly because their admissions and academic staff were much more helpful in answering my questions about the program.”

“Through my research, I found that Macquarie’s program is more established than other Australian universities,” she adds. “It also offers a wider variety of clinical placements, so I can get work experience in pediatric or a hospital or a school, depending on my interests.

“And being qualified by the Speech Pathology Association of Australia means I’ll have work opportunities in English-speaking countries like Canada and the U.S.”

Win Sum was first attracted to speech pathology as a profession after undertaking voluntary observation work with speech disorder patients during her undergraduate study. But with two younger sisters yet to finish university, her parents gave her a warning:

“They said, ‘if you want to study postgrad, you better find a scholarship!’” she laughs.

Win Sum applied for an Endeavour Award, and with good references from her teachers and the community organisation she had been volunteering for, she was able to secure a scholarship.

“When I got the email saying I’d been successful, my hands were shaking—it was like I’d won the lottery! I called my mum straight away.”

Master of Speech and Language Pathology

The Master of Speech and Language Pathology at Macquarie began in 2001. It prepares graduates for the profession of speech pathology, enabling them to work clinically with individuals with developmental or acquired communication disorders. The program enables individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree in a related field to qualify as speech pathologists in two years and obtain a master’s degree.

Program: Master of Speech and Language Pathology
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline:  October 30, 2015

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply to this program, you must have the following:

  • Completed an undergraduate degree (preferably in the fields of linguistics or psychology). Applicants with degrees in related areas, such as teaching, allied health, medicine, or nursing, will be considered on an individual basis; some bridging coursework may be required.
  • Achieved a minimum cumulative average of at least 75% to be considered.
  • Various prerequisite subjects, including Language Description; Introduction to Psychology; Introductory Statistics; Statistical Data Analysis; Phonetics and Phonology; Introduction to Psycholinguistics or First Language Acquisition; Physiological Psychology and Learning; Developmental Psychology; Cognition and Perception; Speech Physiology; Human Biology; Grammar and Meaning; Developmental Speech and Language Disorders; and Acquired Speech and Language Disorders.

Macquarie Speech Pathology School applicants must submit a personal statement to be assessed with their application. In the personal statement, it is important that applicants demonstrate an understanding of the scope of speech pathology as it is practiced in Australia, since this is where they will be developing their knowledge and skills.

Apply to Macquarie University Speech Pathology School!

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Wondering about Macquarie Speech Pathology School? Email OzTREKK’s Australian Speech Pathology Schools Admissions Officer Jaime Notman at jaime@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Australian rehab sciences application deadlines

Are you interested in studying physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology or audiology in Australia? Here’s a rundown of which applications are still open!

Australian Physiotherapy Schools in Australia

You can study rehab sciences in Australia

Australian Physiotherapy Schools

The following Australian physiotherapy schools are accepting applications:

Australian Occupational Therapy Schools

The following Australian occupational therapy schools are accepting applications:

Australian Speech Pathology Schools

The following Australian speech pathology schools are accepting applications:

Australian Audiology Schools

The following Australian audiology schools are accepting applications:

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If you have any questions about studying physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, or audiology in Australia, contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Jaime Notman at jaime@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Jaime can help outline your options and include you on the monthly Australian Rehabilitation Sciences Newsletter mailing list!

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Australian Hearing Hub opens its doors for Hearing Awareness Week

To celebrate Hearing Awareness Week (Aug. 23–29), the Australian Hearing Hub (AHH) hosted an open house event on Saturday, Aug. 22.

Macquarie University Audiology School

Macquarie University Australian Hearing Hub

The open house focused on healthy hearing, with opportunities for the local community to explore the amazing features of the North Ryde facility, arrange free hearing screening tests, learn about hearing prevention, hearing technologies and the services available at the hub.

The day was designed for all ages, with everything from a jumping castle to tours of the hub’s anechoic chamber, a purpose-built room not often open to the public, where sound is completely absorbed to provide true silence.

The opening address was made at midday by Senator the Hon. Marise Payne, Minister for Human Services.

A range of short talks explored different topics, including knowing your risk and take action to prevent hearing loss; learn about hearing loss and advancements in hearing technology; and, supporting children with dyslexia, language difficulties and anxiety.

Other highlights of the celebration included

  • free hearing screening tests for adults and children;
  • photo gallery showcasing the work of hearing health professionals in remote Aboriginal communities; and
  • free activities for children, including a jumping castle, face painting and more.

The Australian Hearing Hub

The Australian Hearing Hub unites researchers, educators, clinicians and innovators with expertise in audiology, speech pathology, cognitive and language sciences, psychology, nanofabrication and engineering sciences.

Macquarie University’s Australian Hearing Hub is a global leader in speech, hearing and language research. The Australian Hearing Hub leverages the university’s extensive international expertise in language sciences and cognitive sciences research, and in clinical research and professional training teams in audiology and speech language pathology.

Program: Master of Clinical Audiology
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: October 30, 2015. All application documents must be received by Friday, October 30 at noon.

Apply to Macquarie University Audiology School!

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Find out more about studying audiology or speech pathology at Macquarie University. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Audiology Schools Admissions Officer Jaime Notman for more information at jaime@oztrekk.com or 1-866-698-7355.

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Become a speech pathologist

What is a speech pathologist?

A speech pathologist is a professional who is qualified to assess and treat communication and swallowing impairments. Typical clients of speech pathologists include children who have difficulty with speech or language, children with developmental impairments (e.g., autism, cerebral palsy), adults who have suffered brain injuries (e.g., from a stroke), and adults with dementia. Speech pathologists collaborate with clients and their families to determine the nature of communication and swallowing impairments, and devise ways of addressing them.

Where do speech pathologists work?

Speech pathologists work in a variety of health, educational, and community settings. For example, they work in hospitals, community health centres, schools, non-government organisations, and private practices. Speech pathologists are in demand from employers across Canada and Australia.

What course should I study to become a speech pathologist?

Master of Speech and Language Pathology

The Master of Speech and Language Pathology at Macquarie University began in 2001. It prepares graduates for the profession of speech pathology, enabling them to work clinically with individuals with developmental or acquired communication disorders. The program enables individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree in a related field to qualify as speech pathologists in two years and obtain a master’s degree.

Program: Master of Speech and Language Pathology
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline:  TBC. For the 2015 intake, the application deadline was October 31, 2014.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply to this program, you must have the following:

  • Completed an undergraduate degree (preferably in the fields of linguistics or psychology). Applicants with degrees in related areas, such as teaching, allied health, medicine, or nursing, will be considered on an individual basis; some bridging coursework may be required.
  • Achieved a minimum cumulative average of at least 75% to be considered.
  • Various prerequisite subjects, including Language Description; Introduction to Psychology; Introductory Statistics; Statistical Data Analysis; Phonetics and Phonology; Introduction to Psycholinguistics or First Language Acquisition; Physiological Psychology and Learning; Developmental Psychology; Cognition and Perception; Speech Physiology; Human Biology; Grammar and Meaning; Developmental Speech and Language Disorders; and Acquired Speech and Language Disorders.

Macquarie Speech Pathology School applicants must submit a personal statement to be assessed with their application. In the personal statement, it is important that applicants demonstrate an understanding of the scope of speech pathology as it is practiced in Australia, since this is where they will be developing their knowledge and skills.

Apply to Macquarie University Speech Pathology School!

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Do you have any questions about how to apply to Macquarie Speech Pathology School? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Speech Pathology Schools Admissions Officer Jaime Notman at jaime@oztrekk.com, or phone 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, June 5th, 2015

About the Macquarie Speech and Hearing Clinic

Macquarie University‘s speech and hearing clinic offers modern facilities with the latest technology within the fields of hearing and speech pathology.

Macquarie University Audiology Pathology

Macquarie University Speech and Hearing Clinic

Located in the university’s state-of-the-art facility, the Australian Hearing Hub, the clinic is at the centre of innovation in hearing, language and communication research and development. The new facilities are purpose built to provide the highest levels of comfort and professional care.

As a teaching facility for students, the clinic works with state-of-the-art assessment equipment, tools and research, not always available in other private or public clinics. Some of the clinic’s services are provided by students in the Macquarie University Master of Speech and Language Pathology and Master of Clinical Audiology degrees. Students are supervised by fully qualified speech pathology and audiology clinical educators.

The clinic operates on a client-centered basis with a focus on collaborative goal-setting involving families and carers. The treatments provided at the clinic are directed toward improving the client’s ability to participate in everyday home, school, work and social activities.

Macquarie University speech pathologists and audiologists have publications in internationally peer-reviewed journals and thus the service they provide is based on the best available evidence.

Program: Master of Clinical Audiology
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years

Apply to Macquarie Audiology School

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Program: Master of Speech and Language Pathology
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years

Apply to Macquarie Speech Pathology School

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Would you like more information about studying audiology or speech pathology at Macquarie University? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Jaime Notman for more information about Australian Audiology Schools and Australian Speech Pathology Schools at jaime@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Macquarie Speech Pathology School applications are open for 2016 intake

Macquarie Speech Pathology School applications are open for 2016 intake via OzTREKK

Located in the Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University, the Master of Speech and Language Pathology program is ideally placed to provide students with both a specialist and a multidisciplinary holistic approach to language and communication.

Macquarie University Speech Pathology School

Learn how to apply to Macquarie Speech Pathology School

Master of Speech and Language Pathology

The Master of Speech and Language Pathology at Macquarie University began in 2001. It prepares graduates for the profession of speech pathology, enabling them to work clinically with individuals with developmental or acquired communication disorders. The program enables individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree in a related field to qualify as speech pathologists in two years and obtain a master’s degree.

Program: Master of Speech and Language Pathology
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline:  TBC. For the 2015 intake, the application deadline was October 31, 2014.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply to this program, you must have the following:

  • Completed an undergraduate degree (preferably in the fields of linguistics or psychology). Applicants with degrees in related areas, such as teaching, allied health, medicine, or nursing, will be considered on an individual basis; some bridging coursework may be required.
  • Achieved a minimum cumulative average of at least 75% to be considered.
  • Various prerequisite subjects, including Language Description; Introduction to Psychology; Introductory Statistics; Statistical Data Analysis; Phonetics and Phonology; Introduction to Psycholinguistics or First Language Acquisition; Physiological Psychology and Learning; Developmental Psychology; Cognition and Perception; Speech Physiology; Human Biology; Grammar and Meaning; Developmental Speech and Language Disorders; and Acquired Speech and Language Disorders.

Macquarie Speech Pathology School applicants must submit a personal statement to be assessed with their application. In the personal statement, it is important that applicants demonstrate an understanding of the scope of speech pathology as it is practiced in Australia, since this is where they will be developing their knowledge and skills.

Apply to Macquarie University Speech Pathology School!

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If you have any questions about how to apply to Macquarie Speech Pathology School, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Speech Pathology Schools Admissions Officer Jaime Notman at jaime@oztrekk.com, or phone 1-866-698-7355.